Self care: councils helping people look after themselves

Self care is about giving people choice and control by helping them to decide how best to protect, maintain or improve their health and wellbeing.

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Whatever the situation, there is one thing all people who self care have in common: they feel empowered and confident to take responsibility for their own health. Not only is this good for the individual, it is also important for the health and care system which is under more strain than ever.

We can support patients and teach them how to look after themselves. We can encourage them to make lifestyle changes that will improve their health in the long-term. We can provide the equipment and know-how so they can self-manage their illnesses. The starting point for all is working out what matters to the person – and helping them achieve that.

In this LGA report you will find examples of all of these approaches – and more. Councils and clinical commissioning groups are working together with other partners to make a real difference to people’s lives.